6 P.M. Former U.S. congressman Robert J. Mrazek discusses and signs A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight at the United States Naval Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. A reception follows; visit http:/
7 P.M. William I. Hitchcock discusses and signs The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe at Borders Books-Tysons, 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va., 703-556-7766.
7:30 P.M. The Folger Poetry Series hosts the annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute with local poet Elizabeth Spires, author of the collections Now the Green Blade Rises and, most recently, The Wave-Maker, reading from her own work as well as that of Dickinson, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. A reception and book signing follow. Tickets are $12 each; for details and to RSVP, call 202-544-7077 or visit http:/
Noon. The Poetry at Noon Series at the Library of Congress features readings by the "Airpoets" of Indiana, including Joyce Brinkman (former state poet laureate), Norbert Krapf (current poet laureate), Ruthelen Burns and Joseph Heithaus, at the Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Their work has been incorporated into stained glass murals installed in the recently opened Indiana International Airport; for details, call 202-707-5394.
6 P.M. Peter Koenig, a economist and water resources expert at the World Bank, reads from and signs his new novel, Implosion: An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed, at Busboys and Poets (D.C.), 2021 14th St. NW, 202-387-7638.
7 P.M. Navy veteran Rick Marcinko, a former commander of SEAL Team 6, reads from and signs his new military thriller, Rogue Warrior: Dictator's Ransom, at Borders Books-Stafford, 1240 Stafford Market Place, Stafford, Va., 540-720-9636. He will also read on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at Borders Books-Springfield, 6701 Frontier Dr., Springfield, Va., 703-924-4894.
7:30 P.M. Parenting columnist Mia Redrick discusses and signs Time for mom-Me: 5 Essential Strategies for A Mother's Self-Care at Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott City, Md., 410-203-9001. This event is a fundraiser for the St. Peter's Episcopal Pre-School.
Noon. Kevin J. Hayes discusses and signs The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson at the National Archives, Jefferson Room, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-357-5000.
6:30 P.M. Georgetown University professor Susan Pinkard discusses and signs A Revolution in Taste: The Rise of French Cuisine, 1650-1800 at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St.), 202-223-3327.
7 P.M. Diana McKinney-Whetstone, author of the novels Blues Dancing, Leaving Cecil Street and Tumbling, reads from and signs her newest tale, Trading Dreams at Midnight, at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. Call 410-313-7860 or visit http:/
7 P.M. Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States, chats with journalist Daniel Schorr, whose career has spanned decades at both CBS News and National Public Radio, about his recent collection of essays, Come to Think of It: Notes on the Turn of the Millennium, as part of the "American Conversation" series at the National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater. A book signing follows; call 202-357-5000 for details.
Noon. Dexter Cirillo, an expert on Native American jewelry, discusses her new illustrated book, Southwestern Indian Jewelry: Crafting New Traditions (with photographs by Addison Doty, it features work by 85 jewelers from the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Rio Grande Pueblo peoples), at the Indian Craft Shop located in the U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C St. NW. A book signing follows. She will also speak on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. in the same location. Both events are in conjunction with "Innovators in Southwestern Indian Jewelry," an exhibit by Navajo jeweler Lyndon Tsosie (whose work is included in the book), on view from Dec. 11-13. He will also be available to discuss his work. Admission is free, but a photo ID is required to enter the building; call 202-208-4056 or visit http:/
1 P.M. Susan Froetschel signs copies of her new mystery, Royal Escape, at Waldenbooks, Landmark Mall, 5801 Duke St., Alexandria, Va., 703-658-9576.
2 P.M. Alan Cheuse, a book commentator for NPR, reads from his new novel, To Catch the Lightning (based on the life of photographer Edward Curtis), along with playwright Colin Sargent, who will read from his debut novel, Museum of Human Beings (on the life Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the first Native American to tour Europe), at the National Museum of the American Indian, Rooms 4018-19, Fourth St. & Independence Ave. SW. A book signing follows. This event is co-sponsored by the Writer's Center; for details, call 301-654-8664 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 P.M. The Iota Poetry Series closes its Fall season with readings by Kathi Morrison-Taylor and David Salner at the Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 703-256-9275.
The Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, located at 2801 Calvert St. NW, will hold its 14th Annual Bilingual Book Fair (Feria Anual del Libro Bilingüe) Dec. 8-15, featuring a wide assortment of books in both English and Spanish for children, teens and adults alike, as well as books in translation, U.S. Latino titles and a premier selection of children's books from the Caribbean, Latin America and Spain. For details, call 202-671-3111.